I'm having a helluva time deciding between these two sub disciplines for my CivE undergrad. I'm already 2 years in, just starting upper div, so the classes have been general until now.
The interest level between the two fields is about equal for me, and I have no issue taking a job that doesn't relate to the degree, so if either degree gives me more options outside the field then great.
Being able to take a job anywhere in the USA is important to me. I'd rather have less pay and more options (with regard to locale) than more pay but be restricted to a few ultra-high population areas. (I'm not saying pay is unimportant, it's just a shared priority, to say the least.)
What's the job outlook in metro areas with populations less than 1,000,000? (As compared to the LA, SF, DFW, NY, ChiTown type mega-sprawl areas which I would love to avoid.)
Better yet, are either of these degrees more suited to more adventurous locations like Alaska, or some of the more rugged north/western states? I've always dreamed of doing specialty engineering work waaaaay off the beaten path, for what it's worth.